Duck sauce

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Duck sauce
Duck sauce packets.jpg
Packets of duck sauce
Traditional Chinese酸梅醬
Simplified Chinese酸梅酱
Literal meaningsour prune sauce

Duck sauce (or orange sauce) is a condiment with a sweet and sour flavor and a translucent orange appearance similar to a thin jelly. Offered at American Chinese restaurants, it is used as a dip[1] for deep-fried dishes such as wonton strips, spring rolls, egg rolls, duck, chicken,[2] fish, or with rice or noodles. It is often provided in single-serving packets along with soy sauce, mustard, hot sauce or red chili powder. It may be used as a glaze on foods, such as poultry.[3] Despite its name, the sauce is not prepared using duck meat.[4]


Wonton strips served with duck sauce and hot mustard at an American Chinese restaurant.

It is made of plums,[4] apricots,[5] pineapples or peaches[6] added to sugar, vinegar, ginger and chili peppers. It is used in more traditional Chinese cuisine in the form of plum sauce.


It is probably called "duck sauce" because a version of it was first served with Peking duck in China, a dish which has been served there for hundreds of years. When Chinese immigrants immigrated to the U.S. created Chinese dishes that would appeal more to the American palate, they created a sweeter version of the sauce used in China.[7]

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  1. ^ Dimmick, T. (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to 5-Minute Appetizers. Complete Idiot's Guide to. Alpha Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-59257-134-5.
  2. ^ Platkin, C.S. (2008). The Diet Detective's Calorie Bargain Bible. Pocket Books. p. 363. ISBN 978-1-4165-6660-1.
  3. ^ Geller, J. (2007). Quick & Kosher: Recipes from the Bride who Knew Nothing. Feldheim. p. pt121. ISBN 978-1-58330-960-5.
  4. ^ a b DeMattia, Vince (January–February 1993). "What is Duck Sauce Anyway!?!". Tampa Bay Magazine. pp. 38–39. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ Gannon, B.; Smith, L.; Namkoong, J. (2011). Family-Style Meals at the Hali'Imaile General Store. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-60774-142-8.
  6. ^ Carpender, D. (2010). 1,001 Low-Carb Recipes. Fair Winds Press. p. 465. ISBN 978-1-61673-838-9.
  7. ^ Kiniry, Laura. "What Exactly Is Duck Sauce?". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-07.